AmpLiF1eR wrote:what's in the works at microsoft to compete with Linux ??
for compatibility issues, you can always install windows in a virtual machine.
Are you kidding? Lol! Linux is nowhere near as user friendly as is XP right now. Its some kinda pipe dream I see touted about the Linux forums that its superior to Windows. It IS superior in many ways, but not in the ways that count the most with the average user. Until those glaring deficiencies are taken care of, Linux will allways be "that other os". What are those things?
1. Linux has no big gaming support.
2. Installing 3rd party software -- almost impossible, or at least so difficult that the average user will be unable to or lack the patience it takes.
3. Hardware support
4. multi-os capable. Linux must be capable of hosting Windows within itself, or be able to switch to it on user demand, with a click of a button, and without losing any data or losing functionality for either. This is a must because alot of folks simply will not give up on M$ outright, but will given time on a functional Linux they can switch back and forth in. Booting back and forth is not an option, because this takes too much time and is completely inneficient.
5. Linux still has a long long looooooooooong ways to go to get to the point where it can truthfully claim that everything "just works". To say otherwise right now is a bold faced lie and should never be stated until, in fact, EVERYTHING "just works" with no tweaking required by the user.
XP has all of the above plus more. This is due mostly to unfair business practices by M$ (IMO), yet it is true for the average user. I have never...ever..experienced a BSOD in any windows ive had running, and ive ran them all. I have never ~not~ been able to get any application working in windows with more than a simple click of a button, nor have I ever met anyone who could ~honestly~ claim that they couldnt.
Linux is getting there. No question about this and SL proves it. But its not there yet. Some day......